Palisades Symphony, Chorale Will Perform Concert May 1

26-palisades symphony bassistsThe Palisades Symphony, founded in 1966, will perform with the Brentwood-Palisades Chorale at 7:30 on Sunday, May 1 at the Methodist Church on Via de la Paz. The concert is free and all residents are invited.

The program will begin with the Requiem by Gabriel Faure, conducted by Susan Rosenstein. Soloists will be soprano Coril Prochnow, baritone Eric Castro, mezzo Megan Gillesphie and tenor Marco Lozanno.

Joel Lish will then conduct Gioachino Rossini’s Stabat Mater.

This is the sixth concert of seven celebrating the Palisades Symphony’s 50th season. It was founded by Lish as an evening adult-school class at Palisades High and became incorporated as a nonprofit in 1972.

After adult schools were discontinued, the Symphony became an independent organization. It also adopted the Brentwood-Palisades Chorale, saving it from extinction and providing it with rehearsal space, insurance, sheet music, an accompanist and a choir director. The Chorale performs twice a year.

Seven symphony concerts are offered annually, all free of charge. Most people involved are volunteers, although a small stipend goes to soloists, choir director, accompanists and the music director.

Supporters have suggested that on occasion of this Sunday’s big event, people donate $50, representing one dollar for every year the orchestra has been in existence.

“I know that many people have already donated and that others can ill afford it,” said volunteer Eva Holberg. “But if you would like to participate, please send contributions to Palisades Symphony, P.O. Box 214, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272.


Members of the Palisades Symphony perform in Mercer Hall during a March concert. Photo: Bart Bartholomew

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